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| Astronomy Essentials on Jul 10, 2014

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2014 and 2015

The next eclipse is a total eclipse of the full moon – the Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon – on the night of October 7-8, 2014.

The next eclipse is a total eclipse of the full moon – the Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon – on the night of October 7-8, 2014. In skylore, the Hunter’s Moon is sometimes called a Blood Moon, plus this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses. So … a double Blood Moon eclipse? We’ll see what the rest of the media makes of it. In the meantime, follow the links below to learn the dates for upcoming solar and lunar eclipses for the rest of 2014 and 2015. Enjoy.

Eclipses in 2014

Eclipses in 2015

Fortnight (approximate two-week) separation between solar and lunar eclipses

Read more: Total lunar eclipse of Hunter’s Moon on night of October 7-8

Composite total solar eclipse Aug. 1999 by Fred Espenak.

Composite total solar eclipse Aug. 1999 by Fred Espenak.

This is what a total eclipse looks like.  This is the total eclipse of October 27, 2004 via Fred Espenak of NASA, otherwise known as Mr. Eclipse.  Visit Fred's page here.

This is what a total eclipse looks like. This is the total eclipse of October 27, 2004 via Fred Espenak of NASA. Visit Fred’s page here. We astronomy writers often describe a totally eclipsed moon as appearing ‘blood red.’ Here’s why the moon turns red during a total eclipse.

Eclipses in 2014
April 14-15: Total lunar eclipse
April 29: Annular solar eclipse
October 7-8: Total lunar eclipse
October 23: Partial solar eclipse

Eclipses in 2015
March 20: Total solar eclipse
April 4: Total lunar eclipse
September 13: Partial solar eclipse
September 28: Total lunar eclipse

Fortnight (approximate two-week) separation between solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse always takes place within one fortnight of any lunar eclipse. For instance, in 2014, the annular solar eclipse on April 29 came one fortnight after the Blood Moon eclipse of April 15. The partial solar eclipse on October 23 occurs one fortnight after the Blood Moon eclipse of October 8. In 2015, the total solar eclipse of March 20 happens one fortnight before the total lunar eclipse of April 4; and the September 13 partial solar eclipse takes place one fortnight before the September 28 total lunar eclipse.

Somewhat rarely, a solar eclipse can occur one fortnight before and after a lunar eclipse. This will next happen in the year 2018:
July 13: Partial solar eclipse
July 27: Total lunar eclipse
August 11: Partial solar eclipse

Somewhat rarely, a lunar eclipse can come one fortnight before and after a solar eclipse. This will next happen in the year 2020:
June 5: Penumbral lunar eclipse
June 21: Annular solar eclipse
July 5: Penumbral lunar eclipse

Animation of the October 8, 2014, total lunar eclipse, whereby the moon passes through the Earth's shadow from west to east. The horizontal yellow line depicts the ecliptic. The nearby dim

Animation of the October 8, 2014, total lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow from west to east. The horizontal yellow line depicts the ecliptic. The nearby dim “star” is actually the planet Uranus, which may be visible through binoculars. Image via Tomruen

Bottom line: Dates of solar and lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015.

See it! Photos of total lunar eclipse of April 14-15

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